Essex Industries has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply control yoke and column assemblies for the LM-100J transport aircraft. The LM-100J is a commercial derivative of the military C-130J Super Hercules, with select design changes enabling it to perform as a civil multi-purpose air freighter.
Under this contract, Essex will manufacture and test the entire assembly, consisting of a Lockheed Martin-designed column and an Essex-designed control yoke, which is identical to that of the C-130J. This system handles pitch and roll flight control, as well as the control of various aircraft systems such as pitch trim, communications and other on-board avionics.
In addition to the C-130J and LM-100J, Essex also supports the Lockheed Martin F-16, F-22 and F-35 platforms.